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Opinion: Why There Should Be No Exit from Brexit

Opinion: Why There Should Be No Exit from Brexit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2018

Brexit has plunged British politics into a state of chaos. Will the country now choose to remain in the European Union? The odds of that happening are rising, but it wouldn't be a good idea -- neither for Britain nor for the EU. A Commentary by Markus Becker more... Comment ]

A .38-Caliber Rosary: The Dangerous New Face of Salvini's Italy

A .38-Caliber Rosary: The Dangerous New Face of Salvini's Italy

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 12, 2018

Shots fired at foreigners, assaults on minorities, neo-fascist marches: Italy's extreme right wing feels emboldened by the country's new leadership. Many are pointing fingers at Interior Minister Matteo Salvini. But is he to blame? By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]


Eurozone Reform: The Sputtering German-French Motor

Eurozone Reform: The Sputtering German-French Motor

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 11, 2018

Once considered the motor of the European Union, the German-French partnership no longer has the clout it once did. That has recently become apparent in struggling efforts to reform the common currency zone. By Christian Reiermann and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Isle of Madness: A Series of Miscalculations Has Brought Britain to the Brink

Isle of Madness: A Series of Miscalculations Has Brought Britain to the Brink

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 28, 2018

Brexit was to allow the United Kingdom to reclaim its former glory. Instead, the country's leaders have bumbled their way into catastrophe. Built on a false premise from the start, the UK's move away from the EU has been dominated by mistakes and miscalculations. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]


The Brewing Storm: Chaos Erupts in London Over Brexit Deal

The Brewing Storm: Chaos Erupts in London Over Brexit Deal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 16, 2018

Some 874 days after the Brexit referendum, Theresa May has reached a deal with the European Union to prevent a hard exit from the bloc. But events of recent days make clear that months of drama in Brussels pales in comparison to the one unfolding in London now. By Peter Müller and Jörg Schindler more... Comment ]

Weaponized Debt: Italy Doubles Down on Threat to Euro Stability

Weaponized Debt: Italy Doubles Down on Threat to Euro Stability

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 01, 2018

Fears are growing that the euro crisis may soon return. Italy could spark a chain reaction if it doesn't yield to the European Union's demand that it rein in its planned deficit spending. Concern is rising in Brussels and on the financial markets. By DER SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Brexit Talks: It's Time to Make Concessions to Britain

Brexit Talks: It's Time to Make Concessions to Britain

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2018

In the Brexit negotiations, Britain has been forced to make concessions on almost every issue. Now, though, it is time for the EU to soften its stance. An orderly withdrawal is paramount for good future relations. A Commentary by Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Interview with Italian Vintner Antinori: 'Italian Wines Are Drunk, Not Collected'

Interview with Italian Vintner Antinori: 'Italian Wines Are Drunk, Not Collected'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2018

Albiera Antinori is head of the centuries-old Italian vintner of the same name. In an interview with DER SPIEGEL, she speaks of the flood of cheap wine, new buying habits in China and the populist government in Rome. Interview Conducted by Isabell Hülsen and Susanne Amann more... Comment ]


Brexit Negotiations: Watching a Country Make a Fool of Itself

Brexit Negotiations: Watching a Country Make a Fool of Itself

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 19, 2018

No country in the world has cultivated arrogance the way Britain has. But the sad truth is: The former global power can't even find its way to the door without tripping over its feet. A Commentary by Jan Fleischhauer more... Comment ]

Untethered in Italy: Salvini Pushes Country to the Precipice

Untethered in Italy: Salvini Pushes Country to the Precipice

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 16, 2018

With the approval of his partners in government, Italy's Matteo Salvini is lambasting the EU, foreigners and the press while at the same time quoting a fascist dictator. A tragedy with potentially wide-reaching consequences is unfolding at the heart of Europe. By Walter Mayr more... Comment ]